Posted by: griswoldfun | March 23, 2012

Israel: Day 3

Day 3 (March 10th): We drove up the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea Maritima which was a city built by Herod the Great as his summer palace (and maned for Caesar Augustus).  Pontius Pilate lived in Caesarea and Paul visited three times.  Paul also spent two years in prison there (Acts 23:23-27:2)

Then we traveled further north to Mount Carmel, which was often a place of pagan worship and where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a contest (1 Kings 18:19-40) and then where Elijah prayed for the drought would end (1 Kings 18:41-46)

Next up was Megiddo.  When Megiddo was excavated, 20 separate layers of civilizations were found on top of each other (called a “tell”).

The king of Megiddo was one of the 31 kings defeated by Joshua during Israel’s conquest of Canaan (Joshua 12:7, 21). The city was fortified as a defense post by Solomon (1 King 9:15; 10:26) and the King Josiah tried to stop Pharaoh Neco of Egypt from marching through and was killed in Megiddo.

Har Megiddo in Hebrew means ” Hill of Megiddo) and the last gathering of armies before Jesus’ return will take place at Armageddon (Rev. 16:13-16).

Then we went to Sepphoris, which is the home of Mary and as it was near Nazareth, Jesus wold have spent a lot of time here as a boy.

Our last stop of the day was Mount of Precipice – this is also know as the Leaping Mountain.  Tradition states that this is where Jesus escaped the people of Nazareth after he preached and they drove him out of town (Luke 4:29-30). We had amazing views of  Nazareth , the boyhood home of Jesus.

We spent the night at the Ma’agan kibbutz on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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